SEA LEVEL CHANGE NOT UNIVERSAL
Earth’s tectonic plates constantly subduct, moving under or over each other and draw apart, causing land and seas to rise and fall. Relative levels between oceans and land change slowly, with sea level rising or falling different amounts depending on location. Monitoring of Earth’s sea level from space probably cannot measure, with the millimetre precision required, over long enough time intervals, making measurements remotely with satellites having decaying orbits and other astronomical complexities, as well as meteorological variations, which could be significant for the tiny measurements of changed distance.
Logical universal sea level rise, assuming an increase in the volume of Earth’s water by melting of floating ice, or by expansion of its volume by global warming, has been contradicted by results of laboratory tests. Melting of grounded ice could cause land to uplift and sea level to fall.
Locations having rising sea level, or sinking land, causing inundation, could respond by seeking politically to resettle their people at a non flood-prone place. Seeking retribution from nations consuming most fossil fuels is far-fetched, not least because those nations would also be suffering inundation along their coastlines, by the same reasoning of universal sea level change, as has been shown above to be false.
Other climate science falsity is exposed in my satirical novel Animal Farm 2.
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Coffee changing minds?
Cicero, 106-43BC, a Roman statesman, is reputed to have been the greatest orator ever. He said the three most important features of any speech are delivery, delivery and delivery. He used 16 devices bracketed in my illustrative piece below, designed for post Truth consideration, with apology to science adherents.
COFFEE – A PERSUASIVE SPEECH
The smell, the taste, the ritual, the warmth of the cup, the feeling of joy in my heart when I take that first sip. Since the 9th-century, coffee has been taken as a stimulant, sometimes addictively. It activates the heart and nervous system with hormones, to increase alertness.
Does meeting with friends at a cafe need the superficial and frenetic verbal intercourse that coffee causes? (Loaded emotional language) What do we lose when we hide our true feelings? (Fearmongering). Do we need life au naturel or hyped up with coffee?
‘Tired, stressed and depressed (Rhyme), coffee props your eyes open and helps you stay alert in a bad situation. Coffee keeps you going, holds your frazzled mind together, enabling you to play the game, get that raise and survive until the next holiday. When you lack energy and are straining to stay on top, you doubt you can manage without it. (Appeal to emotions).
‘I have a coffee addiction,’ said Jennifer Garam in Psychology Today. ‘I am doing a coffee detox one day at a time.’ (Testimony)
The 200 billion dollar coffee retail and supply industry would stop addictive qualities or harmful effects being publicised without conscience. (Mud slinging) There seems to be no legal obligation to display warnings on products other than pharmaceuticals.
Production of 10 millions tonnes per annum of coffee is not without its problems. The demand of coffee addicts (Labelling) commands prices for coffee beans that farmers in developing countries find irresistible. (Exaggerated). Tropical forests should not be felled to grow coffee. Would the Gods want us to sacrifice so much for so little? (Appeal to Gods or religion). Forest should be preserved, with the best fertile land and water going to growing rice and other grains. Lesser land should be used for dairying and grazing. The growing of foods should have priority over coffee.
Marijuana gives more buzz per hectare than coffee, requiring less land and less water. Coffee is expensive. Dollar for dollar, coffee swallows up to 30% of family grocery bills but contributes nothing to family nutrition, hygiene or health. Coffee is a scourge of humanity and should be rejected in the same way that tobacco has been (Guilt by association) and sugar will soon be (Divert and distract).
But coffee can be an instrument of revenge. Nancy Astor, Britain’s first female MP, told Sir Winston Churchill that: ‘If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee.’
Churchill famously replied ‘Nancy, if I were your husband, I would drink it.’
To save ourselves we need to denounce coffee as a poison. I call upon all coffee drinkers to wake up to coffee’s effects and reduce their consumption before it is too late.
Should a couple bring equal assets?
What if a man’s or woman’s assets are more/less?
My satirical novel ‘Short of Love’ explores unusual and amusing ways differences can be resolved and what can go wrong.